Politicians hopeful of a return to stability at the club

Mike Hancock MP
Mike Hancock MP
Pompey boss Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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CITY leaders expressed their hope that new owners will come in and steady the good ship Pompey.

Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, said: ‘The club just needs some stability, financial and otherwise. We can’t go on as we are. The team deserves stability and so do the fans – the whole city does.

‘The current situation can’t go on as it is – it’ll just go from bad to worse.

‘If these people are genuinely interested in the club and in football and they’re going to get behind it and make it successful then that’s what we need and I wish them all the best. I just hope that it’s not the same old publicity-seeking stunt that we’ve had time and again.’

Pompey season ticket holder Steve Wemyss, who is Tory leader on Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘At least it’s somebody who wants to be at Fratton Park – that’s the first big hurdle. They know the game they are getting into too which is good.

‘You have to ask “why Pompey?” but then again why does anyone take on a football club?’

‘We should be pleased they want to be there and I hope they can give their backing to the manager who has done well to cope with such little resources. All we can do as Pompey fans is hope for the best and carry on getting behind the team.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, whose father Fred is a former Pompey director, said: ‘The biggest hope we all have for Pompey is that we get owners that have a deep love for the team and the club and not just using it as a business investment.

‘We have had so much thrown at us in the last few years – it’s been emotional and traumatic.

‘We all deserve some good news and a good owner who has the interests of the club at heart, who will see the club thrive again, get promoted and stay up.’